Department of Environmental Science and Policy
1023 Wickson Hall
University of California
Davis One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Institutional Affiliation: University of California at Davis
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|February 2019||Estimating the Economic Impacts of Climate Change Using Weather Observations|
with Charles D. Kolstad: w25537
This paper reviews methods that have been used to statistically measure the effect of climate on economic value, using historic data on weather, climate, economic activity and other variables. This has been an active area of research for several decades, with many recent developments and discussion of the best way of measuring climate damages. The paper begins with a conceptual framework covering issues relevant to estimating the costs of climate change impacts. It then considers several approaches to econometrically estimate impacts that have been proposed in the literature: cross-sections, linear and non-linear panel methods, long-differences, and partitioning variation. For each method we describe the kind of impacts (short-run vs long-run) estimated, the type of weather or climate va...
|June 2018||The Biophysical and Economic Geographies of Global Climate Impacts on Agriculture|
with Uris Baldos, Thomas Hertel: w24779
This paper explores the interplay between the biophysical and economic geographies of climate change impacts on agriculture. It does so by bridging the extensive literature on climate impacts on yields and physical productivity in global crop production, with the literature on the economic geography of climate change impacts. Unlike previous work in this area, instead of using a specific crop model or set of models, we instead employ a statistical meta-analysis which encompasses all studies available to the IPCC-AR5 report. This comprehensive approach to the assessment of the biophysical impacts of climate change has the added advantage of permitting us to isolate specific elements of the biophysical geography of climate impacts, such as the role of initial temperature, and differential pa...